Humanitarian UAV Code of Conduct

The Humanitarian UAV Code of Conduct and Obligations were first developed in 2014 by the Humanitarian UAViator community to inform the safe, coordinated, and effective use of Unmaned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in  humanitarian and development settings. The most recent recommendations were made by the Signal Team on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in the fall of 2020.

The latest iteration of the Code of Conduct and Obligations center the rights of populations in humanitarian UAV missions to reflect the Signal Code and other current sector-wide ethical recommendations and guidelines. This document establishes minimum standards of practice to ensure that their operations do not harm affected populations, and to maintain a level of professionalism that affected populations, governments, donors and private sector partners can hold them accountable to.

The Code of Conduct and Obligations is made possible through extensive community contribution and will continue to evolve to and strengthen the ethical foundation and minimum technical standards that humanitarians must adhere to.

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